Category Archives: Silvana Clark

Looking Forward And Back

Many Camp Business readers weren’t even born when I was a counselor in 1972 and 1973 at Forest Home Christian Conference Center in Southern California. I worked in Indian Village, complete with teepees, a council fire and my Indian name, Silver Moon. For two summers, my life revolved around my new identity as camp-counselor extraordinaire. (I really was in my element!) Fast forward to the summer of 2009, when my daughter (formerly known as Sondra) officially joined Forest Home staff … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Issues, Mar/Apr 10, Programming, Silvana Clark | Leave a comment

Tips Of The Trade

If you are constantly checking e-mail and voice mail while you are supposed to be on a carefree, fun-filled vacation–shame on you! However, you can pick up some great ideas while enjoying the time off. The following are some recreation-related tips I learned while on vacation: How About A Package Plan? We were fortunate to visit Zurich, Switzerland, and purchase a Zurich Card–a simple concept that allowed us to choose from a variety of recreational possibilities. This one card gave … Continue reading

Posted in December 2009, Parks and Rec Business, Silvana Clark, Sports + Fitness + Recreation | Leave a comment

New To The Recreation Field?

Just starting out in the recreation programming field? Want some advice from people who have planned their share of craft classes, day camps and teen special events? Here is a smorgasbord of tips to help plan high-quality, fun, programs for all age groups. · If you want to become a great programmer and a leader in your field, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and propose a new program. Do something the department hasn’t done that is a … Continue reading

Posted in Icebreakers, Games, Skits, October 2009, Parks and Rec Business, Silvana Clark, Sports + Fitness + Recreation, Writers | Leave a comment

Abracadabra

As counselors know, it’s easy to become so involved in getting campers to archery and making sure they go to the bathroom before bed, they forget to have fun with the campers. The following are ways counselors can totally amaze campers with magic tricks, games and wacky snacks. Start with some spontaneous magic tricks. Don’t worry–you won’t need to cut anyone in half. These tricks are easy, yet have a big impact in impressing campers. The Non-Popping Balloon Blow up … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Icebreakers, Games, Skits, Issues, Programming, Sep/Oct 09, Silvana Clark | Leave a comment

Let’s Get Twisted

Every camp has its never-fail programs and traditions that campers enjoy every year. Yet what about those so-so activities we keep doing because we have the supplies and can do the planning in our sleep? Sometimes all programs need is twisted thinking. (Are any twisted-thinking camp staff members reading this?) Simply take a look at your programs and ask, “What can we do to add a “twist” to this activity or program? The following are a few examples of ways … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Icebreakers, Games, Skits, Issues, Programming, Sep/Oct 09, Silvana Clark | Leave a comment